Neutral Downtown St. Pete Wedding | Morean Center for Clay
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Neutral Downtown St. Pete Wedding | Morean Center for Clay

Sam and Jack's waterfront St. Petersburg wedding featured an outdoor waterfront ceremony followed by a classic meets industrial reception set against the brick walls of a historic building.

“We love the area and specifically St Petersburg.  We are there almost every weekend with our pups and love the beaches, breweries, and restaurants,” the bride shared. We joke and say that our theme was ‘golden retriever' since we had so many dog touches at our wedding. Even though our dogs weren't at the wedding, we wanted to have them incorporated with table numbers, the cake topper, and koozies. Other than that, we tried to stick to a simple theme and color. We picked neutral colors of gold, greenery, and white.”  

The Tampa couple turned to Marry Me Tampa Bay for sourcing professional and reputable wedding vendors for their March celebration.

“We found a lot of our vendors through Marry Me Tampa Bay, including our DJ and caterer,” Sam shared. “And we previously used our photographer, a Marry Me Tampa Bay preferred vendor, for our engagement photos, so choosing her was a no-brainer.”

The bride and groom favored a bright and natural photography style, and they searched for someone who would complement their personalities so that they could enjoy the entire wedding day together.

“We wanted someone who we knew would be a blast to hang out with during the day and make taking photos easy and fun. Picking Kéra Photography was an easy choice. It felt like we were just hanging out with a close friend the whole day,” Sam beamed. “We previously used her for our engagement photos. She made the entire process a blast, and the pictures turned out amazing. Her style was exactly what we wanted – bright and airy.”

The couple framed their waterfront backdrop with a pipe and drape ceremony arch that billowed in the Florida breeze, and added touches of warmth with wooden farm tables and cross-back chairs by Gabro Event Services.

Guest experience was a top priority for Sam and Jack, who chose a wedding caterer that has been a staple in Tampa Bay for nearly 100 years.

“We wanted food that would be a hit with everyone. My husband loves hors d'oeuvres, so those were some of our favorite things to taste and pick out together,” the bride shared. “Our original venue required Olympia Catering. We were so glad that they were so accommodating with our venue change due to COVID. Darren was amazing to work with and made the entire process so much fun, especially our tasting.”

The party-focused pair envisioned a packed dance floor, surrounded by their 100 closest friends and family, so they relied on an upbeat DJ to create the ideal reception entertainment experience.

We wanted our wedding to be a big party with good music, dancing, food, and drinks! We wanted a DJ who would work with us on the music that we wanted, and someone who would keep the partying and dancing going all night,” the bride raved. “Chris certainly did that; our guests were all sore from dancing for days after! Graingertainment‘s reputation spoke for itself, and we picked our DJ based on reviews on Marry Me Tampa Bay and our conversation with him.”

During a day that can often feel like a whirlwind, the bride and groom devoted a few moments alone to exchange private vows, which Sam attributes as her most treasured memory of the day.

“Our most memorable moment was our pre-ceremony vows,” the bride recalled. “We snuck away after our first look to say our personal vows privately to each other. It was such a special time during the day where it felt like it was just the two of us before all of the wedding craziness began.”

Embellished Pointed Toe White Badgley Mischka Wedding Shoes and Pearl Embellished Clutch Purse | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Kera Photography
Oval Diamond Engagement Ring with Halo | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Kera Photography
Classic Crepe Strapless Wedding Dress Hanging on Yellow Bed Headboard | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Kera Photography
Florida Bride on Bed Getting Wedding Ready with Loose Curls Hair Down | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Kera Photography | Wedding Hair and Makeup Femme Akoi Beauty Studio

What were your hair and makeup inspiration?
I wanted to match hair and makeup to the dress that I chose which was very simple but still elegant. I went with a relatively natural look.

I found Femme Akoi Beauty Studio through Marry Me Tampa Bay. The girls were wonderful to work with! Ayla specifically helped create the look that I was going for and was so fun to hang out with on the wedding day.

Florida Bride with Mom Putting Wedding Dress On | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Kera Photography | Wedding Hair and Makeup Femme Akoi Beauty Studio
Bride Holding Mothers Hands | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Kera Photography
Bride Getting Wedding Ready in Strapless Wedding Dress and Veil | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Kera Photography | Hair and Makeup Femme Akoi Beauty Studio
Bridesmaids in Matching Rose Gold Sequin One Shoulder Dresses Reaction to Bride in Wedding Dress | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Kera Photography | Wedding Hair and Makeup Femme Akoi Beauty Studio
Florida Groom Adjusting Black Bowtie in Tuxedo | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Kera Photography
Outdoor Waterfront Bride Behind Groom First Look | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Kera Photography
Outdoor Waterfront Bride Behind Groom First Look | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Kera Photography | Wedding Hair and Makeup Femme Akoi Beauty Studio

The Proposal:
Jack arranged a date night for us in St Petersburg. We headed down to grab a drink with our dogs at our favorite brewery, Green Bench. Afterward, he suggested we walk around Vinoy Park with the dogs before our reservation, where he popped the question out by the water. Later he surprised us with our families meeting us for dinner to celebrate!

Florida Bride and Groom Outdoor Wedding Photo | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Kera Photography | Wedding Hair and Makeup Femme Akoi Beauty Studio
Florida Bride and Groom Outdoor Wedding Photo | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Kera Photography | Wedding Hair and Makeup Femme Akoi Beauty Studio
Creative Bride and Groom Veil Wedding Photo | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Kera Photography

What did you look for in a wedding photographer?
We wanted someone who would be a blast to hang out with during the day and make taking photos easy and fun. 

Picking Kéra Photography was an easy choice. It felt like we were just hanging out with a close friend the whole day. We previously used her for our engagement photos, and she made the entire process a blast. The pictures turned out amazing. Her style was exactly what we wanted – bright and airy.

Wedding Party Group Photo | Bridesmaids in Matching One Shoulder Rose Gold Sequin Dresses, Groomsmen in Black Tuxedos, Bride and Groom | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Kera Photography
Florida Bride and Bridesmaids in Matching One Shoulder Rose Gold Sequin Dresses Waterfront Outdoor Photo | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Kera Photography

Where did you host your bachelorette party?
Our plan was to go to Nashville, however, the city was shut down due to COVID. We ended up getting a place on the beach in Ft. Lauderdale which was a great girls' trip!

Waterfront Simple Classic Outdoor Wedding Ceremony Decor, Arch with White Linen Draping, White Folding Chairs | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Kera Photography | Wedding Venue Lassing Park
Florida Bride Walking Down the Wedding Ceremony Aisle with Mom and Dad | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Kera Photography
Florida Groom Reaction to Watching Bride Walking Down the Wedding Ceremony Aisle | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Kera Photography | Outdoor Waterfront Wedding Venue Lassing Park
Florida Bride and Groom Exchange First Kiss Under Arch with White Linen Draping Outdoor Waterfront Wedding Ceremony | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Kera Photography

Which vendors really exceeded your expectations?
All of our vendors exceeded expectations. They were all wonderful and so easy to work with, especially with their flexibility with constant changes due to COVID.

Florida Bride and Groom Outdoor Waterfront Wedding Photo | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Kera Photography | Wedding Hair and Makeup Femme Akoi Beauty Studio
Black and White Wedding Portrait of Bride and Groom Kissing | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Kera Photography | Wedding Hair and Makeup Femme Akoi Beauty Studio
Romantic Bride and Groom Wedding Photo in Front of Red Flower Bush | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Kera Photography | Wedding Hair and Makeup Femme Akoi Beauty Studio
Classic Bride and Groom Outdoor Under Banyan Trees Wedding Photo | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Kera Photography

Where did you spend your honeymoon?
We decided to do a mini-moon at the Don CeSar due to travel restrictions. It was the perfect way to unwind and relax for a few days after the wedding.

Classic Wedding Reception Decor, Round Tables with White Linens, Wooden Cross Back Chairs, Low Floral Centerpieces, String Lights | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Kera Photography | Wedding Caterer Olympia Catering | Wedding Rentals Gabro Event Services | St. Pete Wedding Venue Morean Center for Clay
Classic Wedding Reception Decor, Round Tables with White Linens, Wooden Cross Back Chairs, Low Floral Centerpieces, String Lights | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Kera Photography | Wedding Caterer Olympia Catering | Wedding Rentals Gabro Event Services | St. Pete Wedding Venue Morean Center for Clay

What was your menu inspiration?
We wanted food that would be a hit with everyone. My husband loves hors d'oeuvres, so those were some of our favorite things to taste and pick out together.

Our original venue required Olympia Catering. We were so glad that they were so accommodating with our venue change due to COVID.  Darren was amazing to work with, and made the entire process so much fun, especially our tasting. 

Classic Wedding Reception Decor, Low Blush Pink and White Orchid Floral Centerpiece, Golden Retriever Laser Cut Table Number Sign | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Kera Photography | Wedding Rentals Gabro Event Services
Simple Wedding Reception Decor, Wooden Long Table with Greenery Garland, Wooden Cross Back Chairs, White Floral Backdrop, Black and White Checkered Dance Floor | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Kera Photography | Wedding Rentals Gabro Event Services
Three Tier Simple Semi Naked Wedding Cake with Black Silhouette Bride, Groom and Golden Retrievers Cake Topper | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Kera Photography

How would you describe your theme/wedding design inspiration?
We joke and say that our theme was “golden retriever” since we had so many dog touches at our wedding. Other than that, we tried to stick to a simple theme and color, gold, greenery, and white.

What were your colors?
We picked very simple, neutral colors of gold, greenery, and white.

Groom Looking At Bride from Inside Mobile Bar Cart | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Kera Photography | Wedding Hair and Makeup Femme Akoi Beauty Studio
Florida Wedding Guests Cheering with Cocktails in Custom Golden Retrievers Koozies | Tampa Bay Wedding Photogapher Kera Photography
Florida Bride and Groom First Dance During Wedding Reception at St. Pete Wedding Venue Morean Center for Clay | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Kera Photography | Wedding Hair and Makeup Femme Akoi Beauty Studio | Wedding DJ Graingertainment

What did you look for in a wedding DJ?
We wanted our wedding to be a big party with our closest friends and family with good music, dancing, food, and drinks! We wanted a DJ who would work with us on the music that we wanted, and someone who would keep the partying and dancing going all night.

Chris certainly did that, our guests were all sore from dancing for days after. Graingertainment‘s reputation spoke for itself, and we picked him based on reviews on Marry Me Tampa Bay and our conversation with him.

Romantic Classic Bride and Groom in Black Tuxedo Wedding Photo | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Kera Photography | Wedding Hair and Makeup Femme Akoi Beauty Studio

What advice would you give to other Tampa Bay couples?
Everyone will tell you that the wedding flies by, but we couldn't believe how quickly it did. Take in every minute. Take moments to just spend with your partner, but also enjoy the people that came to celebrate you!

Ceremony Venue: Lassing Park
Reception Venue: Morean Center for Clay
Photographer: Kera Photography *Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Pro
Planner: Events With Angelina
Florist: Something Borrowed Blooms
Caterer: Olympia Catering *Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Pro
Bartender: Seaboard Mobile Bar 
Rentals: (Reception chairs, tables, dance floor, farm table, tent, chairs, outdoor pipe and drape arch) Gabro Event Services *Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Pro
Cake: Publix
DJ: Graingertainment *Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Pro
Officiant: Pastor Chris Thomas – Sensational Ceremonies
Invitations: Shutterfly
Transportation: Olympus Limo
Dress: Anne Barge
Shoe Designer: Badgley Mischka
Bridesmaid Dress Shop: Revelry
Hair & Makeup: Femme Akoi Beauty Studio *Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Pro
Rehearsal Dinner: 400 Beach Restaurant

Quotes have been lightly edited for clarity and brevity.

*Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Pros are highly respected by our local wedding community and have been personally vetted by our editor.

Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pros

Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Pros are highly respected by our local wedding community and have been personally vetted by our editor.